2004 Toyota Matrix Q&A
2004 Toyota Matrix Question: Leak in passenger front and back wells
Heavy rain yesterday produced 2 gallons of water in the passenger front and back wells. We loosened the carpet on the front passenger side and used a hose to attempt to locate water entry point. Water is coming in on the right front corner by the black rubbery like front cover in the passenger area. We do not know exactly where the water enters the car from the outside. We think it is by the windshield - lower passenger side. At least the water appears to come from that area. How do we fix it or isolate the area to determine water entry? Is this a repair for professionals? Anybody else have this problem? - Sailor 10
Check you under hood heater inlets in the cowl by your windshield arms. Open your hood and you can see them. Are they full of leaves and stuff? If so, clean them first and foremost. If they are full of leaves, the water goes all the places it should not! - dandd
I went through that. To the point that could not put anything on the carpet front or rear because it was so wet. A common and easy thing overlooked... the condensation drain tube for the defroster/air conditioner. It gets kicked out unknowingly and is responsible for many musty smelling damp to soaking carpets. It is easy to locate without taking anything apart. Try this; If you were to sit in the passengers side front seat and spread your feet apart and as far up and out from each other, you just put your LEFT foot on that drain tube. Pull back the carpet and you will see a black rubber tube (pinkie size). I put a plastic zip tie and some 'gorilla tape" around it and I have not had a drop since. :) - Big Jack H.